PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — For the past two years, a man has been willingly living in a box to raise money and awareness of the homeless. But this year’s volunteer actually caught quite a break.
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“I could probably be in shorts today,” said James Garrity, a part-time reporter at KDKA Radio 1020. “When they called me into the office and told me I would be in a box for two days, I asked them, ‘Is this a punishment?'”
But now he’s honored to play the role of a homeless person, if only briefly, to raise funds for the Salvation Army.
“Six o’clock this morning he started, till 6 o’clock tonight,” said Salvation Army Major Deb Sadler. “And then he’s going to do it again from 6 o’clock tomorrow morning until 6 o’clock tomorrow evening.”READ MORE: 2 Allegheny County Lawmakers Introduce Plan To Allow Legal Recreational Marijuana Use In State
Point Park University senior Brittany Lauffer said it’s hard to miss a man in a box.
“You’re walking past, and you can’t help but look and wonder what’s going on, and I came up to you guys and asked what’s going on in here? I want to know, and I want to help,” she said.
Garrity is in constant contact with radio stations, as the money pours in.MORE NEWS: Allegheny County Council Approves Plan To Spent Nearly $100 Million From American Rescue Plan
He and the Salvation Army have a lofty goal: $25,000.